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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Iconic Furs in Film Infographic

For a fashion stalking diva such as myself, spotting a fur from a mile away is an easy task. Do you remember these fab film furs below?
Iconic Fur in Film Infographic
Presented By ML Furs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Resources Available for Those Considering Genetic Testing

Concerned you may be predisposed to a certain health condition? Trying to determine a child’s biological parents? Whatever your reason is, genetic testing can provide you a solution. There are a wide variety of tests available, though many people do not fully understand what they are or how they work. More importantly, some people do not realize how powerful these tests can be in making life-changing decisions. Before submitting to a test, an individual may want to do a little research. From talking to your doctor to surfing the web, there are many resources available.

Reasons People Get Tested

To get a better grasp on genetic testing as a whole, it is important to understand why genetic testing occurs. There are many reasons someone may want their DNA to be studied, including – source: http://www.gtldna.com/

·         Paternity testing
·         Searching for a predisposition to a certain illness
·         Determining if you are a carrier of a genetic disease
·         Testing to help figure out what kinds of medications will best treat a genetic disease

Tests look for variations in your genes that can indicate an illness or determine if you are the parent of a child. The results of these tests can be extremely important. Someone who discovers they are at risk of developing an illness may consider preventative treatment. Others who determine they carry a certain genetic disease may change their minds regarding family planning. Once you have figured out why you want to be tested, it is important to do your homework, relying on the following resources for help.

1.       Genetic Testing Registry

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) in order to help health care providers, researchers and the everyday consumer have access to information regarding testing. The registry:

·         Can help you find a local genetic testing company
·         Shares data regarding scientific data surrounding the tests
·         Helps to hold providers accountable through making certain scientific information available

In general, the GTR largely caters to health care providers, and it can help your doctor get the information he or she needs to help recommend a certain test to you as well as interpret the results.

2.       Your Family’s Medical History

If you are considering genetic testing because of a health issue, your family’s medical history will be one of your biggest assets. This can help you determine which diseases you may be predisposed to. To collect information, talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles about any genetic diseases that might run in your family. These would include immune issues like Lupus or Celiac disease; cardiovascular issues such as heart disease; issues associated with aging like Alzheimer’s; or other health issues like diabetes.

3.       Your Physician

Once you think you may want to go ahead with genetic testing, it is important to discuss your options with your doctor. He or she can let you know which tests will be most useful to you. Perhaps more importantly, your doctor can help prepare you for what the results may be and what you will do once you get them.

Keep in mind that while genetic testing is a great indicator, in some cases it is not an absolute. In other words, if a test comes back positive, it does not mean you will definitely develop a disease. A positive test does, however, give you options, which is why it is imperative to keep your doctor in the loop. He or she may be able to suggest certain preventative measures you can take.

4.       Your Attorney

Many people choose to do genetic testing to resolve paternity issues. If that is the case, your attorney will be a valuable resource. If you purchase a legally binding test, you can actually use the results in court. This can be extremely helpful if you are disputing things such as custody or child support.

5.       Books

Lastly, there are a number of books that have been published on the topic of genetic testing. You might find it helpful to read books about how to interpret your results or about how personalized medicine has boomed since the advent of genetic testing.

As with any medical procedure, it is important that you do your research so you are fully prepared for your genetic test. Consider all of the resources you have available to help you collect information. If you are getting tested for health reasons, be sure to consult with your physician and put together a comprehensive history of illness in your family. If you are determining paternity, make sure you consult with your attorney so the test may be used in court. So long as you are prepared, you will be able to adequately deal with the outcome of your test.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning for the Nit-Picky Homeowner

The long, cold winter is nearly over. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and life begins anew. Spring brings with it a sense of freshness, and for many homeowners, it means that the time for a deep cleanse of the household is in order. Across the nation people throw open their windows to let in the fresh new air and the dust and dirt that has accumulated throughout the winter is expelled. It is a time when many a home is subjected to the annual deep scrubbing of floorboards and walls. It is a time known by many as spring-cleaning.

To many, it is important to welcome in the fresh new season by making their living space feel equally fresh. However, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately, there are a few key tricks and tips that will make anyone's spring cleaning process a little easier. In fact, these strategies can help your annual cleanse go more smoothly and be executed with greater efficiency, as well as resulting in a deeper, longer lasting sense of cleanliness throughout your home. The first step is to eliminate odors from your environment. The long months of winter can result in the accumulation of lingering smells. Air fresheners and other masking agents generally will fall short when it comes to strong odors. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider using an ozone machine to eradicate the pervasive smells.

Removing Odors

Smells which originate from certain sources tend to stick around for quite some time, no matter how much you clean and scrub. For example, cigarette smoke is one of the most notorious sources of lingering odors. This is because the smoke from burning tobacco carries with it tar, which clings to the surfaces that the smoke comes into contact withessentially entrapping the smell of cigarettes onto the walls, vents, ceiling, and other surfaces of an environment. An ozone machine works by eradicating these smells at their source, thereby providing a permanent solution to an odor problem. Pet and cooking smells are dealt with in the same way, meaning that no matter what the smell; the power of an ozone generator is up to the challenge.

How it Works

Ozone machines operate by simulating the effects of nature. In the outdoors, odors are being constantly eliminated by exposure to ozone created by both ultra violet light and lightning. In our homes and places of business, we do not have that same, constant exposure to these elements. However, we can simulate their effects by using ozone generators. These machines produce ozone by sending out a unique electrical current that mimics the way lightning creates ozone. This current splits the oxygen molecules in the air and they combine in order to produce ozone. Once the ozone is released into an area, it goes to work―oxidizing odors on the molecular level. The ozone is able to travel into every space and odors are eliminated from every surface, including air ducts and ventilation. Once the process is complete, you will return home to fresh, clean air and a new sense of environmental well being.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Extravagant Engagement Rings Infographic

The engagement ring is a symbol of your coming wedding. Selection should be made with great care as the style should speak to one's personality. Keep in mind that this piece will be one that she wears forevermore.

Extravagant Engagement Rings Infographic From Allurez
Presented By Allurez

Friday, February 7, 2014

Why Every Woman Needs A Good Set of Smartballs!

Note: This is a sex toy review. 21+ only please.

I was privileged enough to get to review Smartballs from Good Vibrations. I have read about Kegel Exercises and have always been curious if they would work for me. Then my DO suggested them after the birth of Baby El'. I found Smartballs to be the right tool for working out those extra special muscles.

What are Kegel Exercises? They are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which of course upport your uterus and bladder. If you preform them regularly it is said that you can reduce your risk of incontinence later in life.

We have been using our Smartballs from Good Vibrations in conjunction with our Kegel exercises for right at three weeks now. We have definitely seen an improvement in holding our bladder which has been an increasing problematic issue with every birth. That is not the only thing we have seen great improvements in though. Yes, we also can control our muscles during intercourse. This not only helps intensive our partners experience but ours as well. We can intensive our orgasms as well as increase the length and frequency.

Smartballs are the perfect size for Kegel Exercises at 1 1/4 inch in diameter. They come in an assortment of colors. Smartballs from Good Vibrations are completely coated in high-quality elastomer making them super soft to the touch. This feature made them easier to for us to use, especially during the first few times.

I found them to be very easy to clean. Just wash with warm, soapy (we use the same as we do on our skin) water. Pat dry with a clean towel and store in a cool, dry area (ours are kept in the panty drawer of course).

Please note that Good Vibrations also mentions that Smartballs can be placed on the top rack of the dishwasher. Now that is a pretty cool feature!

You can get your own set of Smartballs from Good Vibrations, retail $30.

I say money well spent ladies! 

Also visit to find out what the hottest sex toys are today at Good Vibrations. These products have been proven to be the most popular with Good Vibes customers over the past few months. 

We disclose: This item(s) was provided to me by Good Vibrations  for the purpose of review. I was not paid for my personal opinion of this product contained in this review.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Topaz Heart Pendant Giveaway

This lovely Topaz Heart Pendant from Super Jeweler is waiting to be won by someone who will love it. The pendant is made with 10k white gold. The blue topaz and diamond pendant have a total gem weight of 1/2 ct. Diamond content is .005 ct in I/J color and 12 clarity. It comes attached on a complementary 18" chain. The chain is delicately made and goes well with almost any outfit.

One lucky person is going to win this Topaz Heart Pendant RV $499.
Organized by Mom Powered Media. Giveaway Ends February 24th at 11:59 pm. Open to US residents, ages 18+. Must enter using the Rafflecopter form.

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History of Prom Dresses Infographic #Fashionista

Ever walk down memory lane with your mom or grandmother? Taking a moment to look at those old photos of times past including their high school prom moments. Those memories are as fresh in their minds as the day the magical {or tragic} event occurred. 

In fact many fashion lover such as myself, pull new ideas from those blast from the past chats. The designs of the 50s are still very much a desired look in today's attire. We pull our summer maxis from the Hippie style days. So much of our past determines our future design.

So tell me which style prom dress did you wear?

Presented By Ever-Pretty Dresses